At The Colleton Primary School we believe music sparks creativity, helps with well-being and gives a sense of togetherness as a community. Music is a universal language that can change how we feel, think and act.
Our intent is to enable the children to develop a life-long passion for music, but also through music to embed important skills like listening, pattern recognition and memory. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. We follow the National Curriculum objectives: that enable the children to
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
- learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics, temp, timbre, texture, structure and musical notations.
At The Colleton Primary School we use ‘Charanga’ to support our music teaching. This is an online music scheme provided by Berkshire Maestros with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support children’s learning about music. The scheme is based on progression of skills taken from the Early Years Framework and the Primary National Curriculum. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, body percussion as well as learning to play classroom instruments effectively to express their own and others music. The Charanga musical skills cover:
- Listening and appraising
- Singing and musical instrument practice
- Performing and Sharing
Throughout the year all pupils are given the opportunity to sing or perform in team or registration group assemblies. Foundation Stage and KS1 perform a Christmas or nativity play at the end of the autumn term, Years 3 and 4 during the spring term and Years 5 and 6 perform an end of year production in the summer. As well as these opportunities to perform, children take part in the Christmas carol service.
Many of our children have the opportunity to learn an instrument in school, supported by Berkshire Maestros In2Music project. Year 4 also have a term of specialist music lessons provided by Berkshire Maestros.
Through our music teaching, the Colleton children develop a love of music and develop an understanding of culture and history through music. In addition to this, the children will develop the fundamental competencies of listening, collaboration, pattern recognition and memory and these skills can be further implemented across the curriculum. Children’s learning will be assessed by questioning throughout lessons, musical recordings and learning walks.
Music is a part of our everyday lives and can provide us with much joy and comfort. At The Colleton, we aim to support and teach music to all children, whatever their ability.